Mapping phases of singular scalar light fields. Academic Article uri icon


  • We implement experimentally a simple method for accurate measurements of phase distributions of scalar light fields. The method is based on the polarimetric technique for recording the polarization maps of vector fields, where coaxial superposition of orthogonally polarized reference and signal beams allows the signal phase to be reconstructed from the polarization map of the total field. We demonstrate this method by resolving topologically neutral pairs of closely positioned vortices in a speckle field and recovering the positions of vortices within a Laguerre-Gaussian beam with the topological charge three.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Denisenko, V. G., Minovich, A., Desyatnikov, A. S., Krolikowski, W., Soskin, M. S., & Kivshar, Y. S.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Denisenko, Vladimir G||Minovich, Alexander||Desyatnikov, Anton S||Krolikowski, Wieslaw||Soskin, Marat S||Kivshar, Yuri S

publication date

  • January 2008